Inrix 2020 Global Traffic Scorecard

7 Continents
50 Countries
1,000+ Cities

The 2020 Traffic Scorecard provides three years of mobility analysis within the world’s most congested cities. This year INRIX looked at the impact of COVID-19 to transportation trends including miles-driven, travel times, collisions, and bike and transit accessibility. Combined with drive-time maps and last-mile speeds, these advanced metrics provide a unique basis from cross-national commuting comparisons and analysis.


A big study using big data

The global pandemic, and related government shutdowns, had dramatic and varying impacts on how much people drove in 2020.

  • United StatesUnited States
  • United KingdomUnited Kingdom
  • GermanyGermany
  • SpainSpain
  • CanadaCanada

Miles-driven of pre-pandemic dropped, but not for every type of vehicle.

United States 93% of pre-pandemic
United Kingdom 82% of pre-pandemic
Germany 93% of pre-pandemic
United States 98% of pre-pandemic
United Kingdom 100% of pre-pandemic
Germany 81% of pre-pandemic
United States 107% of pre-pandemic
United Kingdom 99% of pre-pandemic
Germany 87% of pre-pandemic

Collisions dropped from last year…

X% in the United States

X% in the United Kingdom

X% in Germany

X% in Spain

X% in Canada

… but became more deadly over time.

As traffic volume dropped due to the global pandemic, vehicle speeds increased, which has played a significant role in the rise of fatality rates around the world.

Year Over-Year Trips to Downtown

Work-from-home policies, restaurant, entertainment, fitness and other brick-and-mortar closures, along with limits on gatherings, had an outsized effect in the densest parts of each region.

Year Over-Year Trips to Downtown Year Over-Year Trips to Downtown

COVID’s global effect on transportation

Hours Saved from 2019

Hours Lost in 2020

Change in Miles Driven

Change in Collisions

Fewer vehicles on the road in 2020 resulted in drivers saving money due to the lack of congestion

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United States Cost per Driver
Drivers in the U.S. saved $XX million
United Kingdom Cost per Driver
Drivers in the U.K. saved $XX million
Germany Cost per Driver
Drivers in Germany saved $XX million

2020 INRIX Global Traffic Scorecard Interactive Ranking & City Dashboards

Key Information & Definitions

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  • Urban Area: The geographic scope of a city as defined by its road network density.
  • Impact Rank: A calculated commute based upon a city’s population and the delay attributable to congestion.
  • Hours Lost in Congestion: The total number of hours lost in congestion during peak commute periods compared to free-flow conditions.
  • Incident Impact: The influence of incidents on travel time delays.
  • Year-Over-Year Change: The percentage difference in hours lost in congestion in 2020 compared to 2019.
  • Vehicle-Miles Traveled (VMT): The amount of passenger travel within a geography for a specified time period.
  • Inner City Last-Mile Speed: The speed at which a driver can expect to travel one mile into the central business district during peak hours.
  • Bike and Public Transport Access: Commute mode travel time comparisons
Urban Area Impact Rank
(2019 Rank)
Hours Lost in Congestion
(2020 Rank)
Year-Over-Year Change Last Mile Speed (mph)

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